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Prairie Schooner Welcomes Interim Blog Editor, James Redd

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Prairie Schooner Welcomes Interim Blog Editor, James Redd

We’re pleased to announce that James Redd has been appointed the interim Blog Editor for Prairie Schooner. Redd's Crooked Letter Interview Series began running on the blog in August 2012 and has featured acclaimed Mississippi authors such as Richard Ford and T.R. Hummer. Redd, the former Prairie Schooner Publicity Associate, will temporarily be taking over the blog’s reins.

PS: Briefly Noted

A monthly book review in brief from the staff of Prairie Schooner.
Open City

Volume 1, Issue 1. June 2012.

Wheeler on Richard Burgin’s Shadow Traffic and Ron Rash’s The Cove | Dawes on Teju Cole’s Open City and Tayari Jones’ Silver Sparrow | Harlan-Orsi on emily m. danforth’s The Miseducation of Cameron Post | Das on Adil Jussawalla’s Trying to Say Goodbye | Crews on Bruce Snider’s Paradise, Indiana


Richard Burgin. Shadow Traffic. The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2011.

Reviewed by Theodore Wheeler

Spring 2012 Cover Preview

PS Spring 2012

The Spring 2012 issue of Prairie Schooner will be shipping out soon! Perhaps as soon as next week for subscribers.

This is an especially exciting issue, as it marks the first published edition of the journal composed entirely of material edited by Kwame Dawes, our new Glenna Luschei Editor-in-Chief. The issue includes fiction by Sigrid Nunez and Elizabeth Trundle, poetry by Marilyn Hacker, Stephen Ajay, Eric Weinstein, Maureen Seaton, and James Cihlar, and an essay by Eileen Pollack. We're proud to have these writers on board, along with our other great contributors. The cover itself--"Laundromat" by Lori Nix-- is pretty sweet too!

Final

Thanks to everybody who stopped by our book fair table, or made it to one of the readings and panels in which our people participated. AWP was a lot of fun this year. We're grateful to have the opportunity to meet and reconnect with so many great writers and/or people. Plus, we sold out of journals, which isn't too shabby.

The final dispatch comes from Senior Fiction Reader Wendy Oleson. Here's what Wendy has to say about Saturday's session:

It Begins...

Prairie Schooner Table at AWP

The annual AWP Conference began today in Chicago. Although the proceedings do not start in earnest until tomorrow, with a filled-to-the-gills panel and event schedule, there was still plenty going on in the Windy City today.

Editor-in-Chief Kwame Dawes had this to say:

Around the Office: Hali Sofala

Short interviews with Prairie Schooner editors and staff members.
Hali Sofala

Hali Sofala is the Book Prize Coordinator for Prairie Schooner. From Georgia, she's a first-year Ph.D. student in poetry, specializing in women’s and ethnic studies. She previously earned an M.F.A. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Hali has taught at Augusta State University, where she also worked as the Textbook Manager for the University’s campus bookstore. Her poems have been published in journals such as Anderbo, Inner Weather, The Literary Bohemian, and The Peacock’s Feet.

On to the questions--

The Official Cake of Prairie Schooner

Prairie Schooner Cake by Lorna Dawes

How about this cake?!

A huge round of applause and thanks is due to Lorna Dawes for bringing this themed pastry into the office today. The cake is covered in both fondant and buttercream frosting, with gingerbread wheels. Amazing.

Let the jealousy ensue...

Prairie Schooner Interview: Susan Blackwell Ramsey

Marianne Kunkel interviews Susan Blackwell Ramsey, winner of the 2011 Prairie Schooner Book Prize for Poetry.
Susan Blackwell Ramsey

One of the many things I admire about A Mind Like This is its broad historical spectrum. Some poems profile 19th-century authors while others incorporate aspects of contemporary life such as the phrases “I downloaded a favorite song” and “wind / that bitchslapped me.” What is gained by letting cutting-edge, colloquial diction into your poems?

A reader who continues to the next line? English is in a constant thrash, and trying to hang onto its tail can make for a fine ride as long as you have friends who will occasionally look over their glasses at you and say "No. Just ... no."

The Web Editor

Wheeler Moves Up the Masthead

We’re pleased to announce that Theodore Wheeler has been appointed the new Web Editor of Prairie Schooner. Wheeler was previously the Blog and Social Networking Editor. He will be taking over the reins of the online presence from Timothy Schaffert.

The Blog and Social Networking Editor

Theodore Wheeler

With all the excitement of announcing our new Managing Editor (Marianne Kunkel) and our new Book Prize Coordinator (Hali Sofala) I kind of neglected to introduce myself. Hi! I'm Theodore Wheeler, the new Blog and Social Networking Editor for Prairie Schooner.

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